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Tea Etiquette, from the present time to yesteryears

The most appropriate time to drink tea in today’s society is:

-For breakfast.
-On the go.
-At lunch.
-At Brunch (informal Sunday afternoon reception).
-At the end of dinner.
-After dinner.
-At tea receptions.
-At tea party
-At the hotel
-When hosting guests from tea drinking countries.
-At the banquet.
-During a business conversation or negotiation.
-At the buffet table.
-At the business, festive and informal receptions.
-When have unexpected guests.
-As a corporate beverage
-In carrying out tee-breaks and coffee breaks.
-In small teashops.
-At the picnic.
-In any kind of catering establishments.
-As a "supplement" to the brandy.
-On baby shower or bride shower.
-In the case of hangouts.

Let see how it was according to Hsu Tzu Shu who lived in the XV century.

Times for Tea
By Hsu Tzu Shu 

-In idle passing
-When poetry fails to inspire
-Thoughts confused
-In time to a song
-When the music is finished
-A life in seclusion
-Enjoying the scholarly life
-Conversing late at night
-Studying on a sunny day
-In the bridal chamber
-In honor of favored guests
-As host to scholars or pretty girls
-Friends return from far away
-In perfect weather
-When skies are overcast
-Watching boats sail by on the canal
-Amidst trees and bamboo groves
-When the flowers blossom and the birds sing
-On hot days by the side of a lotus pond
-Burning incense in the courtyard
-After tipsy guests have retired
-When the children are out
-On visits to remote temples
-Near a spring or scenic landscape

Noticed how things have changed? When and how do you find time to drink tea?

Properly Storing Loose Leaf Teas

Loose leaf tea is a delightful, delectable tea that is packed with health benefits for you. But protecting this tea, and keeping it fresh and delicious, involves storing it in a proper container. Heat, air, light, and moisture, are some elements that could potentially damage the tea or drain it of nutrients, so it’s important to keep the tea protected from these elements.

Loose leaf vs. tea bags
   
Sure, tea bags may seem to be convenient. But in the long run, they can be harmful to you. Tea bags are almost unrecognizable as tea anymore. The nutrients and antioxidants have been beaten out of it, resulting in little more than “tea dust.” The processing of these teas may also have left traces of harmful chemicals that will bring on inimical side effects. Loose leaf tea on the other hand is intact, with more antioxidants and nutrients, and more flavor. It is processed through simpler methods and allowed to retain its sweet, rich aromas and the taste is far superior to tea bags. When you brew loose leaf tea, the water has room to move around the leaves, which brings out the flavor.

Health benefits of loose leaf tea

   
Drinking tea every day yields many results that are beneficial to your health. It can help you to lose weight, help lower your cholesterol, prevent you from developing high blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular disease, and improve your dental health. Regular tea drinking may prevent you from developing cancer. It may also help improve your sleep, ward off headaches, improve your memory, improve cognitive functions such as learning, and help to prevent you from developing arthritis and types of dementia. Tea is just packed with an almost countless number of health benefits. Green tea has even been shown to lead to a longer life-span.

How to store tea
   
Tea of course should be stored at room temperature, and the best way to protect it from heat, moisture, and other elements is by keeping it in an airtight container. Tea can’t be sealed and put in a freezer, as this will damage it. Likewise it cannot be kept near a toaster, stove, or microwave or any other type of heat, as this will also damage the tea. If kept in a pretty, but not airtight container, the tea will lose its flavor fairly quickly.
   
Try not to use containers that are clear plastic or clear glass. This leaves the tea accessible to light which can damage it. Try to store tea away from any foods or spices that are strongly scented or flavored, as teas can easily absorb the flavor and aroma of the food around them.

Drink up
   
Don’t keep tea for too long, as over time, even in the best of storage containers, tea will lose its flavor and nutrients. Tea is meant to be consumed. And drinking a few cups of tea every day will help improve your health and has even been shown to lengthen your life. So brew some tea. You can even brew tea and refrigerate it to enjoy refreshing iced tea all week.

The Green Tea Diet

In this age of fad and crash diets, it can be difficult to find a way to lose weight that is effective and healthy. Adding green tea to your diet can be a healthy -and safe- way to make a beneficial lifestyle change and to help you in your weight loss adventures. Studies show that green tea can be an effective weight loss aid, and this type of tea has become more popular in recent times due to its tastiness and health benefits.

The nutrition of green tea
   
Green tea is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, and polyphenols, and has been consumed for centuries in many countries. It has a plethora of health benefits. It has compounds that may fight cancer and heart disease, and it may even improve your metabolism. Improving your metabolism means that you will burn off the food that you consume, which will help you in your quest for a slimmer waistline.

Weight loss
   
Loose leaf green tea also helps to lower high cholesterol, and may even prevent  your cholesterol from ever getting too high. This is a wonderful benefit, especially for those who are trying to lose weight. Even by helping you to lose weight, this may help to get your cholesterol back down to a healthful level. A high cholesterol can lead to other health risks, including a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. There’s no need for diet pills and crash diets. Drinking loose leaf green tea every day can help you to lose weight and improve your overall health.

EGCG
   
Loose leaf green tea also contains a  certain type of polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate, which is also referred to commonly as EGCG, and studies show that this compound may help to lessen the appetite and may also help to burn off fat. This is a far healthier way of suppressing the appetite. Diet pills may make the same types of claims of suppressing the appetite, but they can actually cause more damage than improvement. Actually, there are some “green tea diet pills” that now exist, as this drink truly does produce significant results.
   
Another reasons that loose leaf green tea work include, surprisingly, the caffeine content. Caffeine is known to have a small effect on suppressing the appetite, but research also supports that caffeine can help burn off fat. Caffeine may speed up thermogenesis, which is the process in the body that leads to burning off fat cells.
   
Drinking a few cups of loose leaf green tea may help you to see marked improvement in your weight loss journey.
   
Loose leaf green tea is said to be able to lower LDL cholesterol, the bad type of cholesterol. Some research also supports the idea that the EGCG in loose leaf green tea may help to regulate blood sugar levels, which would inhibit the absorption of carbohydrates.
   
It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on any type of diet. Drink lots of water and get lots of exercise. And while drinking green tea is beneficial to your health, it isn’t a cure all for everything.

Chamomile Can Help With Sleep Disorders

Chamomile is a delectable tea that can be used for help with many health problems, including sleep disorders. Chamomile actually comes from its own flower, not from the Camellia sinensis plant that most other teas come from.

Chamomile tea
   
Chamomile comes from two types of plants; the Matricaria retutica and the Chamaemelum nobile. The Matricaria retutica, otherwise known as German chamomile is used most commonly. It has been approved in some countries for use on skin for inflammation and to fight bacteria. It has also been approved in some countries as a dietary supplement. It has benefits such as alleviating anxiety, and possibly helping to prevent diabetes and to help ward off some of the health effects of that disorder.
   
Chamomile is known for its multitude of health benefits and has been used to treat wounds, eczema, chest colds, and many other purposes. Chamomile, though studies have been limited, has been used for sleeping problems as well.

The effects of sleep disorders
   
Sleep disorders can have a tremendously negative effect on a person’s overall health and quality of life. A good night’s sleep is necessary for restoring and refreshing the body. Insomnia, or a lack of sleep overall, can interfere with your life, your ability to function, and can put you at a higher risk for other conditions such as cardiovascular illness, depression, and high blood pressure.
   
Lack of sleep can lead to nausea, headaches, and irritability. It can impede your ability to enjoy recreational and leisure activities, interfering with your quality of life and the time you spend with friends and loved ones. It can also cause dizziness, and even memory loss and hallucinations. It can interfere with your cognitive functioning and impair other basic abilities. This can be dangerous, especially when absolute alertness is needed for your job or other tasks. It can be a great risk even to drive after not sleeping, because you may doze off on the road. Sleep disorders can have deadly consequences.
   
It can also put you at a higher risk for other disorders. It can harm your immune system and leave you more susceptible to other illnesses and diseases.

What about sleeping pills?
   
Sleeping pills may not work. These chemicals can cause much more harm than good. They can also be very addictive, causing you to consume more of them to produce the same result. These also may block the REM cycle which is important for good, healthy, restorative sleep. Without this, you may not be getting the rest that you need to counteract the effects that insomnia has given you.

Chamomile; a healthy alternative
   
Fortunately, drinking chamomile tea is a natural, healthy alternative. This tea works to help induce sleepiness after you’ve had a cup or two, which is great for people suffering from insomnia or other sleep disorders. It has a relaxing, soothing effect and once you are asleep you will enjoy a healthful, natural sleep that will restore and refresh your body and leave you energized and ready for a new day.
   
Brew a cup of delectable chamomile tea before bedtime and snuggle up to enjoy a good, full night’s sleep.

Loose Leaf Tea May Help Diabetics

Diabetes is a condition that affects the way the body processes glucose, a type of blood sugar. Studies show that drinking tea may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, though how and why this works is unknown and merits further research.
Type 2 diabetes
   
Type 2 diabetes is a type that can be developed, and research says that the rates of people with this type of diabetes will most likely increase. Type 2 diabetes already affects millions of people worldwide.
   
It even effects children, and those who are overweight are at a much higher risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, in addition to helping with some of the complications caused by diabetes, certain types of tea can help to promote weight loss. Loose leaf green tea is known to boost your metabolism, which helps with weight loss in general. Compounds in some teas can help burn off fat, and so green tea can help, over time, to promote weight loss.

How diabetes affects the body

   
Diabetes is a chronic condition and it affects the way the body uses glucose. Glucose a type of blood sugar, and is what the cells in our bodies use for energy. In a body not affected by diabetes, glucose in the blood will trigger the production of a hormone called insulin, which will be added into the bloodstream. Without insulin, the glucose in the blood doesn’t go to the places it needs to go. And in people with diabetes, the body doesn’t create insulin, or doesn’t use it properly. This leads to an increase in blood sugar levels, which can lea to many other health concerns and issues.
   
Diabetes can impede upon your life. When blood sugar levels drop this can lead to irritability and dizziness and even loss of consciousness. When blood sugar levels get too high this can lead to fatigue, weight loss, irritability, and sometimes changes in vision.

Tea and how it can help
   
Fortunately, regularly drinking tea lowers the risk of developing this type of diabetes. Loose leaf tea is packed with nutrients and antioxidants, and has many health benefits. Drinking more cups per day will lower the risk of diabetes even more. The tea may have a direct biological effect that lowers the risk of this type of diabetes, but further studies are needed to determine which compounds in the tea are causing this.

Other benefits of tea
   
Beyond that though, loose leaf tea can improve your health in a myriad of other ways. It can help you to lose weight, give you more energy, prevent Alzheimer’s disease, improve memory, prevent tooth decay, prevent kidney stones from forming, boost your metabolism, help with sleep disorders, alleviate allergies, along with many other health improvements. It’s an incredibly tasty way to enjoy improving your health. Add some cups of loose leaf tea to your day and enjoy the overwhelming plethora of benefits it will give to your life.
   
Of course, drinking tea is not a panacea. Adding a few cups of loose leaf tea to your day would be an addition to a healthy diet and exercise.